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16 July 2021

Experts in Environmental and Remote Sensing and Quantum Photonics Among Plenary Speakers for OSA Optical Sensors and Sensing and Imaging and Applied Optics Congresses

Co-located congresses highlight advances in imaging and sensing technologies and applications

WASHINGTON -- The all-virtual co-located OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress and OSA Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress will be held 19-23 July. The congresses will feature ten topical meetings, special sessions, a combined virtual exhibit and four plenary talks.   

Jelena Vuckovic, Professor and Leader of the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab, Stanford University, USA will deliver the first joint plenary talk titled, “Scalable Semiconductor Quantum and Classical Photonic Systems.” Vuckovic will summarize the new fabrication approaches that when combined with machine learning and optimization allow classical and quantum photonics to be implemented in a variety of photonic materials. Her talk is scheduled for 09:00 – 10:00 PDT (UTC – 07:00).

Paolo Gamba, Professor and Leader of the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Pavia, Italy will deliver the second joint plenary talk titled, “Linear and Non-linear Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data.” He will present some of the approaches aimed at improving non-linear unmixing, one of the key operations performed on hyperspectral images. Gamba’s talk is scheduled for 20 July at 08:00 – 09:00 PDT (UTC – 07:00). 

Demetri Psaltis, Professor of Optics and Director of the Optics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland will highlight systems that combine machine learning and optics in the third joint plenary talk, titled, “Optics and Neural Networks.”  He will describe how optical devices are used to interpret optical signals. Psaltis’ plenary talk is scheduled for 22 July at 09:00 – 10:00 PDT (UTC – 07:00).

Abbie Watnik, Head of the Optical Techniques Section in the Optical Sciences Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA, will give the final joint plenary, titled “Imaging in Adverse Environments.”  She will describe techniques and various optical technologies enabling imaging in challenging and hazardous conditions. Her joint plenary talk is scheduled for 23 July at 11:00 – 12:00 PDT (UTC – 07:00). 

The Sensing Congress is comprised of five topical meetings including: Applied Industrial Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Hyperspectral Imaging and Sounding of the Environment, Optical Sensors and Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment. Other topics include agriphotonics, fiber-based sensing, sensing solutions in manufacturing, developments in comb spectroscopy and more.

The Imaging and Applied Optics Congress convenes five topical meetings: 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Digital Holography and Three-Dimensional Imaging, Imaging Systems and Applications and Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena. Participants will hear from experts on the advances contributing to improvements in imaging science and imaging applications.  Of particular note this year is the addition of special sessions on the topics of tomography and radiographic imaging.

One registration provides full access to the co-located congresses and allows participants to engage live or on-demand.  Advanced registration is required to receive the web link and access the congresses.  The Optical Sensors and Sensing and Imaging and Applied Optics Congresses’ joint virtual exhibition will provide opportunities to learn and network with leading companies.  

About the 2021 Imaging and Applied Optics Congress and Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress

The OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress (register) provides a comprehensive view of the latest developments in imaging and applied optical sciences, covering the forefront advances in imaging and applied optics as well as the application of these technologies to important industrial, military and medical challenges. The OSA Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress (register) will provide a forum for both the technical and applications sides of sensors to report the latest optical-based sensor advances, bring together major sensor developers and users, and showcase the latest sensor prototypes and products. These events will be presented in a virtual, web-conference format using a program schedule based on Pacific Daylight Time (PDT, UTC-07:00). Attendees have the option of viewing sessions live or streaming recorded sessions on demand.

About The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) is dedicated to promoting the generation, achievement and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics worldwide. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students, and others interested in the science of light. OSA’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources, and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical, and educational achievement.

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